March 16th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Money Plane (2020):

    Canadian wrestler Adam Copeland stars in this heist thriller rife with crosses and double-crosses that takes the professional thief to “one last heist.” Anyone who follows movies of this sort knows that the “one last heist” trope is generally headed for failure. Copeland’s character is Jack Reese, a family man who is involved in a museum robbery with his gang, looking for a specific painting valued in the tens of millions of dollars. The robbery goes awry which leaves Reese having to face those who employed him, and they are not happy people. Threatening his family, because Reese is also into the shark for a lot of money, he’s given on last chance – rob the Money Plane, in effect, a high-end gambling casino in the sky – of its many uber-wealthy players, get the money back in the form of crypto-currency, have his debt paid, and his family safe. Sounds simple, but it is not. Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) is “The Rumble,” the man to whom Reese is indebted. Rated 14A.

     

  • Don’t Tell a Soul (2020):

    Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”) plays a key role in this crime thriller that is many steps removed from the comedies for which he is best known. He’s a security guard named Hamby who sees something that will either change, or end, his life. A pair of estranged brothers, Matt and Joey (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer who is the son of screenwriter Gavin, and nephew of Tom Hanks’ production partner Bryan) are brought back together because of their mother’s serious, life-threatening illness. She doesn’t have the financial resources to acquire the care she needs, nor do her boys, but they do the next best thing – they decide to break into the home of an elderly neighbour reputed to have a significant stash of money. As they leave the scene of the crime, they are spotted by a security guard (Wilson) who tries to stop them. They boys get the upper hand, and not knowing what to do with him, they choose to place him at the bottom of a well, and will come back to deal with him later. Rated 14A for violence and language.

  • Promising Young Woman (2020):

    British actress Carrie Mulligan (“The Great Gatsby) is the promising young woman of the title, but she is not what she appears to be. Her name is Cassandra, and something happened to her earlier in life that has sent her on a path of revenge, and that’s how she spends her nights. By day she’s a recent med school drop-out and by night she inhabits bars, looking to be picked up by “just the right guy,” someone who just can’t turn down the opportunity to take advantage of her, as she appears to be drunk and barely in control. Once outside the bar, when the man makes his move, and she’s certain that rape is on the agenda, she turns the tables, cold sober, and very much able to look after herself. She keeps tabs on the rapists that she encounters, when something happens that makes her face her past. Good cast that includes Alison Brie, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon. Rated 14A.

  • Enola Holmes (2020):

    Netflix acquired the distribution rights for this whodunnit after it was decided to stream the movie rather than put it in theatres.  It's a Sherlock Holmes story, but unlike any that have come before.  Enola (Millie Bobby Brown who played "Eleven" on ``Stranger Things") is a much younger sister to Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, but she has the detective genetics that it takes to go looking for a mystery to be solved.  None of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books mention a younger sister, but here she is, and when her mother goes missing, Enola sets off to find her.  Helena Bonham Carter plays Mother Holmes, and Henry Cavill is Sherlock.  When it's discovered that mother is missing, and that there are a number of gifts and trinkets that she has inexplicably left behind, big brother Sherlock continues to insist that Enola leave the matter alone, and head off to boarding school.  Not her ... soon she is searching all of London, looking for clues.  A crime-adventure, rated 14A. 


     

    Country-ish (2020)(TV series):

    This Netflix original is a reality series that features country singer and internet star Coffey Anderson and his wife Criscilla.  It walks through their daily lives with the couple, and focuses on their careers - she's a hip-hop artist - their Christian faith, and their desire to provide wholesome entertainment in a world that seems to want things a lot more raunchy.  A former U.S. Marine, and an active participant in the Nashville music scene, Coffey has released nine albums so far, about half of them faith-based and the other half mainstream.  He was a contestant on season 2 of American Idol in 2003 where he made it as far as the Hollywood round.  Rated PG.

     

    Pets United (2020):

    A perfect animated film for youngsters, parents, and grandparents, but only if they watch with the kids. The central characters are all pets of one sort or another, and their common thread is that they are spoiled, they are selfish, and they live a life of luxury, because their owners have all the mechanical denizens of Robo City doing the hard work.  But what happens when the robots run amuck and the humans have to flee?  Time for the skate-boarding pug, the self-aggrandizing Siamese, a pet pig, and a smart fox to grow up and take some responsibility.  Good fun for kids of all ages - meaning, much past 13, they will probably think it's lame, but younger ones will relish it.  Rated G.

New on CRAVE

A Hidden Life (2019)

This dramatic re-enactment of actual events that took place during WWII tells the story of an Austrian farmer named Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl) who was recruited by the German army during the days prior to the outbreak of the war.  After basic training, he, and the other able-bodied men who had been conscripted, returned to their farms and villages, and to their previous lives.  With the fall of France, Jagerstatter and his peer group were called to active duty, and as their first requirement, had to swear allegiance to Adolf Hitler and to the 3rd Reich.  He refused, despite the fact that the consequences of doing so could be severe.  He fell back on the support of his wife and children, and despite the pleas of people in his village to capitulate, Jagerstatter refused.  They told him he could face prison, and even death.  He refused to swear allegiance, and was whisked away to prison to await trial.  Many of the locations used in the film are the actual places that Jagerstatter lived, raised his family, and ultimately faced incarceration and a trial.  Directed by Terence Malik, rated 14A.

The Witcher (TV Series, 2019):
This Netflix original series is a sword-and-sandal thriller that follows Geralt of Rivera, a solitary monster-killer who roams the earth righting the wrongs created by monstrosities everywhere.  Henry Cavill stars as the title character, based on a novel series.  A second season has already been announced, so you can binge watch this one safely.  Rated 14A. 

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

The Legion (2020):

This Amazon original takes place in the time of the Emperor Nero, who was busy fiddling - actually, if he played anything, it was the Lyre - while Rome began its torturous fall.   Noreno (Lee Partridge) is perfectly cast here, a short holdover from his badly groomed days in 2017's "Viking Siege."  The invasion of Parthia by the Roman Legions has been a total screw-up, and now two full Legions are stranded in the snowy mountains, slowly facing starvation and death by freezing.  There is a larger part of the Roman army that is in Syria, across the mountains and down into the desert, where the facing of the elements is different.  Someone needs to get from the snowy soon-to-be-graves, to the rest of the army so that help and supplies can save the remaining soldiers.  That someone is Noreno, as he is an amazingly fast runner and could cover the distance in the shortest time.  The problem?  Noreno is only half Roman, and his other half hates the city state that has never done him any favours.  Mickey Rourke and Bai Ling also star.  Rated 14A. 


New on DISNEY +

Mulan (2020):
T21 years after the animated version of this classic story was in theatres as an animated, full-length feature, it's now a live-action film that was originally headed for theatres this summer, but which is now going to be streamed by Disney + for an extra fee - probably in the $30.00 realm, in addition to the five or six dollars that is your monthly Disney + fee.  33 year-old Liu Yifie plays the title character here, a young woman who steps in for her ailing father when the Emperor decrees that one man per household must serve his country in a war against northern invaders.  Disguised as a man, Mulan is tested every step of the way, as no one knows her true identity.  The story is based on a Chinese folklore tale and also stars Jet Li and Rosalind Chao.  Rated 14A.